Use PowerShell to list open files

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 27 March 2014 / Last Updated on 27 March 2014]

How to use Windows PowerShell to list open files via share

Question: You want to use Windows PowerShell to list open files via file share on your Windows 8 or above computer. How can you do this?

Answer: Open the Windows PowerShell console with admin rights and use the Get-SmbOpenFile function. This command appears here:


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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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